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September 23, 2011
City of Toronto offers water tips for autumn
With autumn here, the Toronto Water division reminds residents of some requirements and practices that will help save water and money while benefiting the environment. Autumn rains can lead to wet basements, so there are also a few tips about preventing basement flooding.

Swimming pools
When emptying your chlorinated-water pool, be sure to de-chlorinate the water before disposing of it in the storm sewer system. Water from saltwater pools must be released carefully into a sanitary system connection on your property.

Over-seed your lawn with ryes and fescues in the fall to thicken up your grass next spring. It will help reduce the amount of water your lawn needs next year.

Household water consumption
Toilet leaks can waste a lot of water and are a common cause of unexpectedly high water bills. Some leaks cannot be seen or heard. Check for a toilet leak by adding a few drops of food colouring to water in the toilet tank. If the water in the bowl changes colour a while later, your toilet has a leak that needs fixing.

Back to school means more laundry. Use a high-efficiency, front-loading clothes washer - and run only full loads.

In the kitchen - run dishwashers only when full. Avoid pouring kitchen grease or oil down the drain. Generally, kitchen grease/oil should go in the green bin with material that can absorb it.

Basement flooding
Help prevent basement flooding by clearing leaves and other debris from eavestroughs and downspouts. Be sure to seal window wells and fix any leaks in basement walls.

Disconnecting downspouts from the sewer system will also help prevent basement flooding and the release of polluted rainwater into local waterways. More information about mandatory downspout disconnection is available at

Consider installing a backwater valve and a basement sump pump if you have experienced basement flooding. Be sure to maintain your equipment once it is installed.

More advice on preventing basement flooding can be found at

More information about the City of Toronto's programs and services from Toronto Water is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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